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Water Reforms

The Water and Sewerage legislation that passed through the Tasmanian Parliament in 2008 resulted in a major restructure of the Tasmanian sewage sector to achieve important environmental, social and economic outcomes. Structural reforms commenced on 1 July 2009 with Ben Lomond Water, Cradle Mountain Water and Southern Water becoming responsible for the control, ownership and operation of water supply and sewerage systems in Tasmania.  Further reform took place on 1 July 2013 with the transition to one state-wide water and sewerage corporation - TasWater.

To help achieve improved environmental outcomes, the EPA is assisting the new Corporation in management of environmental issues arising from the treatment and discharge of wastewater. This includes input into planned wastewater infrastructure improvement works, an improved compliance reporting framework, updating of wastewater EPA’s policies and guidelines, and an updating of older permits with inclusion of environmental conditions representative of contemporary best practice outcomes.

The Guide To The EPA Regulatory Expectations for Wastewater Treatment in Tasmania has been provided to the Corporation to outline the expectations of the EPA in the regulation of the collection, conveyance and treatment of wastewaters in Tasmania.

Download a copy of the Guide to the Regulatory Expectations for Wastewater

The combined effect of these measures will be to improve both regulatory compliance and the quality of our environment. ​​​​

Wastewater Management Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599  Fax: 03 6173 0254
Email: EnvironmentEnquiries@environment.tas.gov.au